Welcome to The Science Behind Success — a blog series that explores the best ways to help our brains perform better at work. With psychological research and interviews with leaders in the field, we’re showing you how psychology can help you overcome workplace obstacles and excel in your career. Because a little mindset change could go a long way. If you’re anything like me, there’s little in this world that scares you more than the daunting idea of public speaking (besides spiders, of course, but that’s another issue altogether … ). However, as marketers, most of our roles require public…

Let’s say you’re gearing up to make your pitch at a potential client’s office, a trade show, or even on Shark Tank. Just a moment ago, you were fine. Now, your legs are shaking, you can’t quite get enough air, and your heart is pounding in your ears. Your ability to manage this case of jitters can make or break your performance. What’s happening is your body preparing itself to respond to danger. According to The American Institute of Stress, physical signs of your fight-or-flight mechanism kicking in include increased heart-rate and breathing, pale or flushed skin, and trembling. Most…